She has made all the A-listers of Bollywood dance to her tunes. Now she’s set on finding fresh faces, and is on a talent hunt, not only in Mumbai, Maharashtra but also all over the world. Choreographer Sabina Khan has joined hands with Tejal Pimpley’s ‘B You’ Dance Studio for a first-of-its-kind dance reality show.
Telling us how it all began, Sabina says, “I was rehearsing for the Dabang 3 song ‘Hud Hud’ when Tejal approached me. The term ‘B You’ attracted me. So, after the lockdown I decided to join hands with her. I wanted to encourage new and fresh talent that remains unnoticed in India because of financial constraints.”
Taking the cue from Salman
She credits Salman Khan’s humane nature for her interest in promoting talent from the less-privileged strata. “Having worked with Salman sir right from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi, I learned about his humane nature — he always encourages new talent. I am following his lead,” she says.
Despite her obvious admiration for Salman Khan, Sabina is categoric that she doesn’t belong to the actor’s ‘camp’, or to any other camp for that matter. “I have gotten to choreograph in films only because of my talent, and word-of-mouth publicity,” she asserts, adding, “I guess if I were from any particular camp, I would have got many awards.”
She however agrees that she got recognition after choreographing for Salman Khan. “Undoubtedly, after working with Salman Sir I got work offers. But Salman Sir also calls me if he feels I can choreograph a particular song in his film,” she says. So how does she go about selecting the dancers? “We go to each and every house to scout for talent. I have selected my team from these raw dancers,” she shares. On work front Sabina says she has choreographed two songs for the Salman Khan-starrer Radhe. “Then I have shot Antim The Final Truth, which has Salman Sir too in it,” she reveals. “On working with Prabhu Deva, she says “I have learned to be technically strong from him. He is very affluent.” Referring to the Hindi-Tamil language barrier while working with the choreographer from the South, she says “I love challenges. He is so talented and creative that we can understand him so very well. “Talent ki koi zuban nahi hoti hai.” (Talent and creativity need no language.)